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Validation of an inferential approach for the measurement of illegitimacy.

Authors
  • Chamblee, R F
  • Clifford, W B
  • Mustian, R D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Demography
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1979
Volume
16
Issue
1
Pages
49–54
Identifiers
PMID: 371998
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An inferential model which utilizes surname comparisons in inferring legitimacy status is developed and validated. Criterion validation is employed to assess the level of agreement between the inferential approach and the conventional reporting procedure. Data for the analysis are based on a sample of birth certificates contained in files of the National Center for Health Statistics for calendar year 1973. Results indicate that despite excessive error within some categories of the control variables, the inferential method is generally adequate to obtain reliable estimates of illegitimacy.

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